Open Auditions for The Commitments Musical in Dublin
"Have you got soul? Then Dublin's hardest working band is looking for you."
Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments is getting the West End treatment and they’re looking for Irish talent. Looks like this trend of taking iconic Irish stories and adapting them for stage is starting to catch on. Back in November 2012, the producers of Once the Musical put a call out to actor/musicians in Ireland to attend an open casting call and next weekend (10th and 11th March) casting director David Grindrod will be in Dublin to check out the talent.
The Commitments is set to open in London’s West End this autumn and will be directed by Olivier award-winner Jamie Lloyd. Talking previously on the new musical Roddy Doyle said that it would not be an adaption of the 1991 movie, taking its lead from his original novel instead.
The Commitments tells the story of a musical band of misfits whose music is inspired by the soul music of the 60s. The auditions will be open to the public as well as professional actors and singers. All the details are below:
Phil McIntyre Ents presents The Commitments musical directed by Jamie Lloyd.
The team will be searching for the following:
Male actor/musicians with voices between late teens and early 20s, who play one or more of the following: electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano, saxophone.
Male actor/musicians with voices in their 40s, who play the trumpet.
Females in their late teens to early 20s who can sing to at least a top D.
Those auditioning are asked to prepare two soul songs of their choice to show vocal range, plus a small party piece that they can play on their chosen instrument. They are welcome to accompany themselves on guitar/piano – otherwise they are asked to bring sheet music for the pianist. Trumpet or saxophone players will need to bring teir own instruments.
They must also bring a recent CV and a photograph/headshot.
Dates: 10th and 11th March 2013
Time: 10am - 6pm (registration cut off at 12pm)
Venue: Troubadour Rehearsal Studios.
Address: 157 - 159 Charthouse Business Centre, Richmond Road, Dublin 3.
NB – all those auditioning must be available for a one year contract, starting in London from August 2013.
Here's a little something to get you in the mood:
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Tuesday 5th March 2013 | Theatre
Do you Know if they are auditioning in London too?Posted 12:30 | Wed 6th Mar 2013
Hi Laura. There hasn't been any announcement for open auditions in London yet. Brendan (Theatre Ed.)Posted 13:37 | Wed 6th Mar 2013
Will they be seeing people while they're registering to speed up the process do you think?Posted 23:57 | Wed 6th Mar 2013
will you be seeing anyone older than early 20s and is it imperative you play an instrument? i.e. lead singer/vocalist Thanks JPosted 11:57 | Thu 7th Mar 2013
Hi Coverstone Jmr. They're also looking for 'Male actor/musicians with voices in their 40s, who play the trumpet.' No word on lead singer/vocalist. This could be because they might be holding closed auditions for the lead role (that's just a guess though). The show is presented by Phil McIntyre Ents, so it might be worth contacting them directly. Here's their website: http://www.mcintyre-ents.com/Posted 12:19 | Thu 7th Mar 2013
Hi, for the female vocalists I assume that will be the backing singers casting ? As in the characters of Bernie, Imelda and Natalie. Do you have to be in your early 20s and if so how "early" ??Posted 14:19 | Thu 7th Mar 2013
Hi Maria. The above information is everything that was released with regards to the open auditions. If you have further questions, I'd recommend trying to get in contact with Phil McIntrye Ents. (see previous comment).Posted 15:44 | Thu 7th Mar 2013
Does anyone know when the actual play and rehearsals will be happening?Posted 16:29 | Thu 7th Mar 2013
Hi Patrick. Contracts start from August 2013 in London. According to the musical's Twitter account, it will be hitting The West End in October 2013. No venue confirmed as of yet. Brendan O'R (Theatre Editor | entertainment.ie)Posted 11:27 | Fri 8th Mar 2013
Hi, I just wanted to confirm the above dates 10th & 11th, meaning Sunday and Monday.....there are no auditions on Saturday?Posted 14:10 | Fri 8th Mar 2013
Hey, just heard about this.. will there be a drum kit there?Posted 18:18 | Fri 8th Mar 2013
Is 17 too young to audition?Posted 09:27 | Sat 9th Mar 2013
I heard that the auditions for the lead female role are still in proses. Is this true? If so, where and when are they?Posted 11:50 | Sat 16th Mar 2013
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